Bishop of Salisbury asks about use of rural churches as charging points for electric vehicles

On 16th December the Bishop of Salisbury responded to a Government statement in the Lords about the Energy White Paper:

The Lord Bishop of Salisbury [V]:  My Lords, I very much welcome the energy White Paper.

One thing we have learned during this pandemic is the importance of the local. What assessment have the Government made of the further potential of local solar, wind and micro hydro energy schemes and of what finance might be needed to facilitate their collectively enormous potential?
Given the comments in the other place about the lack of rural infrastructure for energy, might the Minister find it helpful to consider the possibility of churches being places for siting bidirectional charging points for electric vehicles?

Lord Callanan (Con): I thank the right reverend Prelate for his support. It is an interesting suggestion; I think I am correct in saying that the grant system for the production of charging points is available to churches, but if it is not I will certainly write to him on that.

He is right that we need to transform the energy delivery system from one that was designed for large nodes in a fossil fuel world to a much more diversified system of national and local energy production. His comments are well made.

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